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Unread 09-01-2002, 05:50 AM
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Jenny-- I just wanted to tell you a few more things. :-) Last spring I was in and out of school a lot! follow up appts and fatigue so I took it easy. This fall-upon my return, I told each class (lightly) that I had dealt with cancer last spring and once in a while I would be out for an appointment. I think it's neat that the kids see someone who is well! In fact one girl in my class has a sister battling lymphoma with 2 years of chemo. I'm quite sure she was placed in my class for a reason. Another young lady whose mother has breast cancer told her mom last spring that I helped her greatly in those first days of her mother's diagnosis and surgery. So we can be examples of one who fights the fight and comes out with a WIN! I tell those kids.... "look at me, I made it and I'm well" They nod and I realize, they've already been thinking the same. So tuesday I have an appointment and they know it. I have a good sub and we'll all work together.

Also the radiation issue-- I need to tell you -- after a few weeks of pelvic radiation-- when you have to go to the bathroom you have about a 10 second warning. Diarrhea is your life for about 5 weeks. And it's many times a day. Even with the diet and medication. (anyway it was for me) So be forewarned--you may need some time off.

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Unread 09-01-2002, 06:03 AM
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Thank you for the additional insight, SusanL! Actually, I am already a diarrhea prone individual and I know the whole process. I will just have to stake out all the nearby bathrooms.
You raise a good point about the value of kids seeing a cancer survivor. In our school district, many many parents and quite a few kids have fought cancer unsuccessfully, so people have rather low expectations. I myself thought that way, until I discovered many women with cancer who are living life as they always had years after their diagnosis. We tend to hear much more about the deaths than the survivals.

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